|Sire||Hail To Reason|
|Breeder||John R. Gaines|
|Halo is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Cosmah by Hail To Reason. He was born around 1969 in the United States, and was bred by John R. Gaines.|
Lawrence Realization Stakes (1972)|
Tidal Handicap (1974)
United Nations Handicap (1974)
|Leading sire in North America (1983, 1989)|
|Horse (Equus ferus caballus)|
|Last updated on July 2, 2007|
Halo (1969–2000) was an American Thoroughbred racehorse and an important Champion sire. Bred in Kentucky by John R. Gaines, founder of the Breeders Cup, Halo was out of the mare Cosmah (who was the Kentucky Broodmare of the Year in 1974), which made him a half-brother to the Hall of Fame filly Tosmah. His sire was Hail To Reason, the U.S. Champion 2-Year-Old Colt and a great-grandson of the extremely important sire Nearco.
Purchased by Charles W. Engelhard, Jr., owner of the great Nijinsky, Halo raced under his Cragwood Stable banner. After having little success at age two racing on dirt tracks, in his three-year-old campaign his U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer MacKenzie Miller switched him to racing on turf, where he achieved better results. Although never a superstar horse, Halo raced for four years and in 1974, at age five, won the Grade I United Nations Handicap.
A Champion sire
After retiring from racing, in 1975 Halo was sent to stand at stud at the Maryland division of Windfields Farm, where his progeny included Sunny's Halo and, through his mating with the mare Ballade, Devil's Bag, Glorious Song, and Saint Ballado. In 1984, new majority owners moved Halo to stand at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm in Paris, Kentucky, where he continued to produce notable offspring, the star of which was Sunday Silence. In all, Halo sired seven champions and 62 stakes winners including two Kentucky Derby winners. Twice, he was the leading sire in North America.
Halo was pensioned in 1997 and died at Stone Farm in 2000 at age thirty-one.
Halo was the sire of:
- Sunday Silence - won 1989 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, Breeders' Cup Classic. The U.S. Racing Hall of Fame inductee is the most successful sire in the world by progeny earnings
- Glorious Song - 1980 & 1981 Canadian Champion Older Female Horse, 1980 United States Champion Older Female Horse, 1980 Canadian Horse of the Year
- Goodbye Halo - filly won six Grade I stakes, earned in excess of $1.7 million
- Jolie's Halo - won three Grade I stakes, equaled track record in winning the Philip H. Iselin Handicap, earned in excess of $1.2 million
- Lively One - won Grade I Swaps Stakes, earned in excess of $1.5 million
- Present Value - multiple stakes winner, earned in excess of $1.1 million
- Southern Halo - Leading Sire in Argentina for eight years, sire of 117 stakes
- Ashado - Kentucky Oaks, Breeders' Cup Distaff winner, 2004 U.S. Champion 3-Yr-Old filly, 2005 U.S. Champion Older Female Horse
- Devil His Due - multiple Grade I stakes winner, earned in excess of $3.9 million
- Taiki Shuttle - 1998 Japan Horse of the Year
- Zenno Rob Roy - Multiple Grade I winner, 2004 Japan Horse of the Year
- Coup de Genie - multiple Group I winner, 1993 Champion 2-Year-Old Filly in France
- Machiavellian - 1989 Champion 2-Year-Old Colt in France
- Rahy - sired Champions Fantastic Light, Serena's Song and was the Leading broodmare sire in Great Britain & Ireland
- Singspiel - won Canadian International Stakes and Japan Cup (1996), Dubai World Cup (1997). Voted 1996 U.S. Champion Male Turf Horse